As the temperatures begin to rise and summer leaves you wanting to dump some ice cold water on your head, there’s one thing that may be able to help you out: water ice. Seeing as Philadelphia is known for its water ice, it’s no surprise that this city has plenty of great places to grab some. But how will you know which ones have true, authentic water ice? Well, I’ve compiled a list of my favorite spots for water ice in town.
Whether you prefer classic flavors or like to try unique ones, these spots are full of various options. With full-service shops and quick food trucks, there’s also a place for every occasion. Keep reading to learn a bit about each location!
John’s Water Ice
701 Christian St, Philadelphia, PA 19147
Phone: (215) 925-6955
If you’re all about natural foods, check out John’s Water Ice. This family-owned and operated spot serves delicious water ice made with only natural flavors. Specifically, they say their flavors are made entirely from fruit and fruit juice never syrups or artificial flavors.
John’s Water Ice offers classic flavors, special flavors, and ice cream. We recommend the lemon, mango, strawberry, or cherry. Be sure to check their Facebook page as the special flavors change weekly!
Siddiq’s Real Fruit Water Ice
264 S 60th St, Philadelphia, PA 19139
Phone: (215) 410-6513
Opened in 1995, Siddiq’s Real Fruit Water Ice takes on a similar tactic to the last spot on our list. This local place serves all-natural water ice made from 100% fruit. In fact, you’ll find fruit pieces in each delicious water ice.
Serving water ice, ice cream, funnel cake, fried oreos, pretzels, and milkshakes, there’s everything you could ever want at Siddiq’s. Be sure to try the mango lemonade, white grape, strawberry daquiri, or coco berry blue!
Jimmy’s Water Ice
2251 S Front St, Philadelphia, PA 19148
Phone: (215) 465-4669
Serving a wide variety of foods including water ice, Jimmy’s Water Ice is a one-stop-shop for all of your cravings. With a 4.8 star rating on Google, it’s clear people really love this spot. In fact, some people say this is the best place in water ice in town.
Jimmy’s Water Ice serves water ice, soft serve, milkshakes, hot dogs, cheesesteaks, funnel cakes, and more. Try out the green apple, blueberry, mango, or strawberry lemonade. Make sure to come back to try their other selections!
Philadelphia Water Ice Factory
8354 State Rd., Philadelphia, PA 19136
Phone: (215) 533-0400
Established in 1988, Philadelphia Water Ice Factory produces and supplies water ice and ice cream. You can their products in stores all over the country or you can head to the factory itself to order an icy treat.
Offering ice ups, 8 oz cups, one gallon tubs, and 2.5 gallon tubs, you’ll be able to find the perfect amount for whatever the occasion is. We recommend the blueberry, tiger’s blood, tropical rainbow, sour apple, or half and half!
Tranzilli Real Italian Water
5901 Belfield Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19144
Phone: (215) 849-7965
This family-owned company has been serving delicious water ice since 1969. Tranzilli Real Italian Water serves sorbet-like Italian ice that’s made daily. Owned by an Italian family, you can count on the water ice here being authentic and delicious.
Tranzilli Real Italian Water serves a wide range of water ice flavors to choose from. Be sure to try the margarita, kiwi-strawberry, creamsicle, mocha, blueberry, or mint chocolate chip. Don’t forget to grab their new one gallon party buckets for big groups or special occasions!
Rose’s Water Ice
4240 Pechin St, Philadelphia, PA 19128
Phone: (267) 972-1902
Serving water ice, breakfast sandwiches, coffee, and more, people love Rose’s Water Ice for a wide variety of reasons. With plenty of positive reviews about the delicious food, great prices, and friendly service.
Rose’s Water Ice offers plenty of delicious flavors in addition to their other menu selections. Try out the cherry, super peach, or lemon. Make sure to come back another time for a breakfast sandwich – people say their some of the best in town!
Fred’s Water Ice
5343 Chester Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19143
Phone: (123) 456-7890
Another spot with a vast array of delicious foods is Fred’s Water Ice. With everything from nachos and pretzels to water ice and ice cream, you’ll find it all here. This spot serves individual water ice as well as drums of it for large events or your own cart.
With so many flavors to choose from at Fred’s Water Ice, there’s a little something for everyone here. We recommend the tangerine, passion fruit, pistachio, or pina colada. Be sure to try out some of their other tasty treats another time!
Morrone’s Water Ice
200 N 63rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19139
Phone: (267) 292-5949
Housed in a food truck, Morrone’s Water Ice is the perfect quick stop for when you’re craving water ice. Serving shakes, funnel cakes, water ice, and more, this is another spot with a lot of delicious things to indulge in.
With affordable prices and a wide list of flavors, you can’t go wrong at this place. Be sure to try the fruit punch, strawberry banana, pineapple, or cotton candy. Don’t forget to grab a pretzel with your water ice for a sweet and salty treat!
Pop’s Homemade Italian Ice
1337 W Oregon Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19148
Phone: (215) 551-7677
Started decades ago in 1932, Pop’s Homemade Italian Ice has been making Philadelphia happy for years now. This local chain serves authentic Italian ice, gelato, and sundaes, so you’ll have plenty to choose from. It’s a cash-only establishment, so be sure to bring some along with you.
Pop’s Homemade Italian Ice has classic flavors as well as a few unique ones. Try out the grove-stand style peach, root beer, mint chocolate chip, Ginger-Ale, or pumpkin spice. They also have sugar-free flavors!
Dre’s Water Ice and Ice Cream (Mobile Truck)
5700 Vine St, Philadelphia, PA 19139
Phone: (484) 381-0689
Another truck spot selling water ice you won’t want to miss is Dre’s Water Ice and Ice Cream. This truck started as just a small cart serving the neighborhoods, but now offers it’s desserts in the food truck and in local grocery stores.
Though there are other things to try like ice cream and gelato at Dre’s Water Ice and Ice Cream, the water ice is obviously the star of the show. We recommend the blue raspberry, strawberry lemonade, sour apple, peach, or banana!
So, the next time you want some water ice to cool off, you’ll know exactly where to grab some in Philadelphia. With classic flavors as well as innovative ones, these spots have plenty of delicious things to taste.
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Which spot will you try first? Let us know! Did we leave a restaurant out of this list? Make sure you drop us a line and we’ll check it out!